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Solar Update: We Did It! Net Zero!

A few months ago, I wrote that we were approaching the 1YR anniversary of installing solar and how excited we were to see the total at the end of our first year. December and January made me a little anxious as I saw the solar credit, we had built up start to dwindle and if we didn’t get some serious sunshine in February, we might not hit our goal of “net zero.” Good news, February was beautiful, and we got back into some healthy solar production. I am happy to announce that at the end of the February billing cycle we still have a solar credit balance of 717 kWh. Yay, we did it!


So, what does that mean?


  • Our entire power bill for the year was $62.84 and that was the minimum service charge, Franchise fee, and Energy Efficient Services Fee billed from Idaho Power.

  • 26,682.36lbs of C02 Saved

  • Equivalent of 672.03 trees planted

  • Our solar panel system generated enough power to run our entire household for a year and still have a credit balance of 717 kWh hours to use.


We couldn’t be more pleased with the cost savings but the bonus of doing our part to be positive stewards in the fight to save our environment is so satisfying. I encourage all of you to investigate ways to become more cognizant of our environment and find ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Everything we can do to help is appreciated. If you are considering Solar, I encourage you to call, text, or email me to learn more. I am also NAR Green Certified and have lots of ideas and suggestions you can do to become more Green! Are you in? Are you Green? Join Us.





Monthly Usage: This amount reflects consumption from Idaho Power after monthly solar contribution.


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